Inspiring words for Ahmadi Researchers – the AMRA Conference 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019 marked a historic day with the first International AMRA research conference taking placed at Islamabad, Tilford. 255 individuals attended with representations from UK, Canada, USA Germany, Ghana, Russia, Malta, Switzerland and Nigeria.
The conference began in the morning with a welcome address by Dr. Hammad Khan – Chairman of the AMRA Supervisory board – introducing attendees to AMRA and highlighting the importance of research. A clip was also shown from the UNESCO speech by Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba.
The programme comprised of interactive sessions and talks by researchers from around the world with the keynote talk being delivered by Professor Sohail Hussain from Stanford University, USA. A panel discussion was also held around the subject of how Ahmadi Muslims can contribute towards scientific research?
An exhibition featuring research of Ahmadi scientists was open to visitors throughout the day.
The key highlights of the talks were:
- Morning to night: How do plants behave throughout the day?
Speaker: Zaki Ahmed of Royal Holloway
- Islam and Science: Conflict or Concordance
Speaker: Noorudeen Jahangir of Review of Religions
- New Advancements in Breast Conserving Surgery for Breast Cancer
Speakers: Dr. Abdul Shafi Islam, Surgeon at Lincoln Hospital UK
- Diabetes, Body Mass Index and Parkinson’s disease: is there a link?
Speaker: Soha Maryam of Queen Mary University
- Islam, Ahmadiyyat & Science Research: The perspective of an Ahmadi woman
Speaker: Amtul Razzaq Carmichael of Aston University
- Promise of economic research
By Prof Atif Mian, Princeton University
Tackling diabetes: latest results from pioneering study
Speaker: Tahir Ahmad Abdussasalam, U. of Ilorin, Nigeria
- The shaping of an Ahmadi Muslim Scientist
Speaker: Professor Sohail Hussain, Stanford University, USA
- Government Inaction: Corruption & Conflict in the Mining Industry
Speaker: Dr Hakeem Bakare, U. of Birmingham, UK
- How can Ahmadi Muslims contribute towards scientific research?
Speaker Panel: Umar Nasser, Prof Sohail Hussain, Prof Hameed Mirza, Ibrahim Ikhlaf, Prof Amtul R. Carmichael
The highlight of the conference was the address of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih Vaba. The address was followed by dinner and group photos of the AMRA committee and guest speakers.
Huzoor’saba address not only inspired and motivated the many researchers present but also charted a new course and objective for AMRA. A renewed energy and excitement to bring the vision of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih to life was found amongst members of AMRA after listening to Huzoor’s address.
Huzooraba spoke about the harmony between the Holy Qur’an and science as well as the humanitarian objectives of research that Ahmadi Muslim scientists should aim for. He highlighted the rich legacy of Muslim scientists whose ideas and research changed the world and the subsequent decline leading to the current position of Muslim contribution towards research. Huzoor emphasised the importance of Ahmadi Muslims spearheading and reviving research stemming from the Holy Qur’an. Huzooraba said:
‘At this time of intellectual ignorance amongst the Islamic world it is a great challenge for Ahmadi Muslim scientists and researchers to revive the honour and dignity of Islam in the global academic arena. Indeed, it should be your ambition to take up the glorious mantle of enlightenment adorned by the great Muslim scholars and inventors of the middle ages.’
Huzooraba motivated researchers and academics in the following words:
‘Consequently, having gathered here and held this conference you must all consider it your mission to pursue excellence within your chosen fields. You must leave here with a firm determination in your hearts to follow in the footsteps of Dr Abdus-Salam and those outstanding Muslim scholars and researchers who left behind a rich legacy of knowledge many centuries ago. You must reflect upon how you can develop a greater understanding of the world and develop new technologies or systems through which humanity can benefit. As scientists and researchers, it is up to you to exercise your minds and talents to seek out the ways and methods to accomplish great feats of learning. You should stay in contact with one another and particularly with those who are working in similar areas of research and learn from each other. Through mutual discussion and co-ordination, you may be able to achieve better results. Work with diligence, passion and above all constantly seek the help of Allah the Almighty at every step of your academic journey and keep His majesty at the forefront of your mind’
Finally, Huzoor’saba words at the end of his address were such that are sure to echo in the hearts and minds of members of AMRA as they seek to revive and quicken their efforts so that they can bring the vision of Hazrat Khalifatul-Masih to life:
‘With these words I pray that may Allah the Almighty enable you to flourish and to achieve great success in your fields of expertise and may we soon come to witness the dawn of a new Islamic golden age of intellectual progress and advancement led by Ahmadi Muslims across the world. Ameen’